Picture this: Your kids’ excited chatter fills the car as you escape the daily grind. Laughter echoes through the air as you explore small, vibrant towns, beautiful lake views, and exciting activities. Quality time unfolds, strengthening bonds and creating memories that will last a lifetime.

Brought to you in Partnership with Benton County Tourism Commission.

Nestled in the heart of the state, Benton County offers a perfect blend of charming small-town vibes and outdoor adventures, making it a haven for families seeking an unforgettable staycation. You won’t have to fight crowds or traffic here. You can jump right in with the locals and have the best day ever!

From exploring historic downtowns to splashing in sparkling lakes, here’s why Benton County should be your top pick for your next family spring break, staycation, weekend getaway, or day trip!

Truman Lake, a crown jewel of Missouri, boasts over 34,000 acres of stunning landscapes, offering endless opportunities for adventure. Kayak or paddleboard across the calm waters, cast your line for trophy fish, or simply bask on the shores, soaking in the sun and creating memories your kids will never forget.

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Adventure Awaits: Explore the Great Outdoors in Benton County!

Forget the theme parks and crowded beaches – turn nature into your family’s next playground in beautiful Benton County! Unleash your inner explorers on miles of scenic hiking and biking trails that hug the sparkling shorelines of the Osage Arm of Lake of the Ozarks and Truman Lake.

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  • Become Captains of Your Own Journey: Rent a boat or pontoon at one of our friendly marinas and cruise the vast expanse of Truman Lake. Explore hidden coves, discover secluded beaches, and cast your line for trophy fish like bass, crappie, and catfish. Pack a lunch and enjoy screen-free time together hanging out in the sun on your pontoon for the day. You’re making memories here so the sky is the limit!
  • Glide Across the Tranquil Waters: Rent kayaks, paddleboards, or canoes and embark on a peaceful adventure. Soak in the serenity of the lake, marvel at the diverse birdlife, and witness breathtaking sunsets that paint the sky in fiery hues. Our many marinas in Benton County offer rentals of various types of water sport fun. Fishing boats, pontoons, and lake gear!
  • Reel in Excitement: Truman Lake is a fisherman’s paradise teeming with diverse species. Whether you’re a seasoned angler or just starting out, cast your line for a memorable catch that’ll have you bragging for years to come. Don’t forget to grab your fishing license beforehand! If you don’t feel comfortable going out on your own, there are over a dozen fishing guide services you can hire to learn the ropes from a professional!

Step Back in Time:

Journey through history and spark your children’s curiosity by exploring Benton County’s charming towns. Warsaw, the county seat, boasts a vibrant downtown with antique shops, quaint cafes, opportunities to create art, and more.

Cole Camp Picnic ‘n Pickin’ in the Park
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Lincoln Balloon Glow courtesy of Benton County Tourism

Splashing Fun for Everyone:

Drake Harbor has a host of Riverfront Trails that are perfect for everyone! Whether you are out for a relaxing stroll, bicycle ride or if you are a serious walker or runner, you’ll love it.

The Drake Harbor Trial and footbridge lead to the historic Joe Dice Swinging Bridge.

Joe Dice Swinging Bridge
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Delicious Memories:

No family vacation is complete without delicious meals. Benton County offers a diverse culinary scene, from charming diners and cafes to family-friendly restaurants serving comfort food and local specialties. Indulge in homemade pies and ice cream, savor juicy burgers and fried chicken.

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Close to Home, Yet Far Away:

The best part? Benton County’s treasures are just a short drive away, regardless of your location in Missouri. Major cities like Kansas City, St. Louis, and Springfield are within a few hours’ reach, making it an easily accessible escape from the urban hustle and bustle.

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Creating Lasting Memories:

Benton County’s inviting atmosphere, diverse activities, and affordable stays make it an ideal destination for families seeking a memorable and budget-friendly staycation. From exploring scenic landscapes to discovering charming towns and indulging in delicious local fare, every moment in Benton County promises to be an adventure.

So, pack your bags, gather your loved ones, and embark on a journey to create lasting memories that will stay with your family for years to come. Book your stay in Benton County today and discover the magic waiting for you!

Featured Photo courtesy of Benton County Tourism